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Gun Policy News, 21 February 2000

United States

21 February 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

WASHINGTON — The nation's largest gun-control advocacy group hopes to beat the National Rifle Association at its own game — using cash contributions to curry political favor. Frustrated by congressional inaction on weapons restrictions, Handgun Control Inc. hopes to raise at least $2 million to help elect candidates in November who support gun-safety restrictions such as background checks and child-safety locks. It represents a bold change in strategy for the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 February 2000

Detroit Free Press

The call comes from within the guarded grounds of the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, on the ground floor hallway of building 230, from the green pay phone in the alcove between the men's and women's rest rooms, below a painting entitled "The Laying of the Gun," which shows five soldiers readying to fire field artillery. "Hi, I'm calling on behalf of the Million Mom March. We're a group of moms marching in Washington to ask for gun safety... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

21 February 2000

CBC News (Canada)

OTTAWA — The federal gun control law that calls for all guns to be registered by Jan. 1, 2003, is being challenged in the Supreme Court of Canada. Alberta, five other provinces and two territories are among those that will argue against the constitutionality of Bill C-68. They say the law is a waste of money and unfairly targets legal gun owners such as hunters and farmers. Furthermore, they say the registration of firearms deals with property rights, an area of... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 February 2000

Denver Rocky Mountain News (Colorado)

LONGMONT — James Gowda, an Arvada gun dealer under indictment in eight federal gun crimes including selling a semiautomatic pistol to a felon, spent Saturday afternoon manning his exhibit table at a weekend gun show. "I'm just selling clips today," Gowda said inside the Wasatch Gun Show at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. And that's perfectly legal because Gowda has not been convicted and he was not selling guns, said Rich Marianos, special agent in charge of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 February 2000

San Francisco Chronicle

John Stiver was given a handgun for his services about 10 years ago after doing some computer consulting for a firearms publication. He had never owned a gun before. He had three children at home. "We ended up locking it up," he said. But gradually, he got to wondering if there wasn't a better solution, some way that the gun could be made secure to prevent accidents in the home while still being accessible in case of trouble. Today, Stiver is president of Advanced... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 February 2000

Denver Post (Colorado)

Now that most of the gun-control bills have been defeated in the Colorado Legislature, talk at the Capitol is turning toward the fate of pro-gun bills. The Senate Judiciary Committee today takes up two National Rifle Association-backed bills that would limit the ability of city and county governments to regulate guns. One bill, HB 1289, was dubbed the "Gang Members' Relief Act" by Democrats in the House. It would wipe out most cities' gun restrictions, such as those... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 February 2000

Wall Street Journal

A few years back, I stopped into our local stationery shop looking for the key piece of my son's Halloween costume. Eight or nine at the time, he'd decided to do the big night as a cowboy. Maybe not the most original idea but, hey, I figured there was something to be said for convenience. Shows what I knew. "What do you have in the way of guns?" I asked the teenage girl behind the counter. Instantly she looked pained, as if I'd requested a dime bag of heroin. "Uhh, I... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

21 February 2000

Reuters

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court began hearing a challenge Monday to Canada's gun-registration law, which advocates say is needed to avoid the country becoming like the United States but which critics say merely penalizes hunters and farmers. The challenge-launched by Alberta and five other provinces-is framed on the narrow legal argument of whether the federal government is invading their right to regulate private property. But it reopens the whole gun-control... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 February 2000

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The willingness of young men to use guns spreads like a disease, or even a fashion fad, through urban neighborhoods, often causing youth to view firearms as essential to survival and status, a new study suggests. Jeffrey Fagan, director of the Center for Violence Research and Prevention, said gun homicides among young men is a contagious impulse that becomes a powerful social current, forcing even violence-averse youth to grab a firearm. "We found that... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

21 February 2000

Associated Press

DETROIT — About 2,000 Michigan moms are expected to join thousands of others from around the country and be part of a grassroots movement to march on Washington for gun safety. Mothers, sick of school shootings and the gun lobby, are being asked to be a part of the Million Mom March in Washington on May 14, Mother's Day. The mothers are asking for "sensible cooling-off periods" and background checks for gun purchases; for all handgun owners to be licensed; for all... (GunPolicy.org)

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